April 28th (F1plus Team).- Red Bull team feels confident of their leadership but they know it will be a tough fight for the title. They understand they have to keep the hard work with development and maintain the current edge over rivals.
There is no doubt that Red Bull is the team to beat, and their early dominance shown suggests that with the exception of McLaren, it would be hard for the rest to match their level. All this applies more in reference to the car, technology, and management team, but what about their drivers.
Take Sebastian Vettel's performance so far and things look even uglier for the rest of the drivers. Two consecutive wins (four if you add the last two from 2010) plus a second place in China; he looks just unbeatable. Then, we have Mark, who when determined could be just flawless; a bit more luck and a title premonition does not look strange. The aussie's display at China was one the best ever seen and surely his best, when he finished with a third after starting in 18th, a feat that put him again in the contenders map.
Red Bull drivers made their own statements after the well-earned 10 day break, where they highlight the Istanbul Circuit and what their expectations are.
“I hope you all had a good Easter. I caught up with some friends and had some good down-time. It’s a bit odd in the UK at the moment with all the bank holidays, but the weather has been sensational. And, of course, I ate a few Easter eggs… Looking to Turkey, I like Istanbul Park – there are a lot of undulations, which makes the track a little bit more challenging in places.
The circuit includes Turn 8, which is a very, very long corner with multiple apexes and is very high speed, which puts added strain on the tyres and the drivers’ necks. It’s also a corner that rewards accuracy with your racing line if you get it right early in the corner. Unfortunately I think it’s a pretty expensive race for locals to attend, which means the atmosphere is often not what it could be – it’s a bit of a shame, as the drivers look forward to going there - I know I am.”
“I hope you all had a good weekend; I relaxed a bit with my family and friends, as I haven’t seen them all for a long time and also did some training to be fit for Turkey. After being on the road for such a long time it was good to do normal things again. I like the Turkish circuit, it has all types of corners, slow and fast, like Turn 8.It’s an awesome corner, we try to take it flat year by year. It’s fast and extremely bumpy, so you can hardly see where you’re going – you turn in and hope for the best.
Turkey is a hard track on tyres and it’s usually quite hot there – but I especially like the place as it’s where I had my first F1 test drive. Our car should be strong there, but of course we have to respect our competitors and can never take anything for granted. People are pushing hard, but we are pushing very hard too to maintain our strengths.”